Ron Bowell, founding pastor of the CrossRoads Church, is a preacher/writer/musician with roots deep in Kansas soil. Ron grew up on a farm and got into music very early in life. His many years in rock & roll brought with it an alcohol addiction, but he was set free by Jesus in December of 1980. He has been a preaching pastor since 1984, and was called to Salina in 1998 to plant “a church with a difference”. He is also the author of a daily blog called “Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day”, and the author of four books. He and his wife Kerry have been married for fifty years, and have five grown children and fourteen grandchildren.
After years of being a “man of the world,” Pastor Ron Kramer accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior on August 9, 1997. Born in Salina, he left in 1966, not returning for 20 years. During that time, he obtained a B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Counseling. Over the years, Ron’s been a cook, Marine, social worker, trucking company manager, Army paratrooper and nuclear missile officer, national and international manager, and national corporate safety director. He and his wife, Jane, have been married almost 20 years and have attended CrossRoads Church since 2004. God called Ron to pastoral ministry in 2012 and after completing the Directed Study Program of the Brethren in Christ Church, credentialed by Ashland Theological Seminary, he was ordained as a minister in 2016.
Mark Brown came to the Salina area after working as a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist for 20 years. He joined CrossRoads Church twelve years ago. He is currently employed full time as a Human Resources Manager at Blue Beacon International. Mark earned two Masters Degrees (marriage and family therapy, business administration) from Friends University in Wichita, KS. Mark has a heart for those suffering with mental illness and/or addictions. Mark enjoys movies, fishing, teaching and reading about church history. Mark has been married to his wife Jill for 37 years. They have two adult children. Mark has been a licensed B.I.C. pastor since 2018.
Native to Salina from birth, Kelly Carpenter accepted Jesus into her heart at the young age of 8. After playing tug-of-war with Him for over 20 years, she finally overcame her desire to live for herself and turned her will instead over to Christ. Kelly studied digital media at Kansas State University and graduated with an Associate′s Degree in Business. She has worked in the church office since January 2016 and has devoted many hours to creating this webpage. She has a passion for helping women strengthen their relationship with Jesus and fills her time leading bible studies and various growth groups. Kelly married Buddy, her high-school sweetheart, in 2004 and they have three daughters that are her pride and joy.